The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of soil mechanics. Its purpose is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.
- Semester 1 - 2015
- Semester 1 - 2016
1. To understand the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for granular materials and its central role in geotechnical design
2. To understand soil shear strength and strength parameters.
3. To have an introduction to critical state soil mechanics
4. To apply strength failure criteria to the analysis of strip and pad footings, gravity retaining walls and slope stability
5. To reinforce the basic principles of soil strength using laboratory experiments.
The content of the course includes failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil and rock.
Specific topics covered in detail include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil models, foundation and retaining wall design, seismic behaviour of soils, and rock and soil slope stability.
Content covered in course CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1.
Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz
Presentation: Presentation (Optional)
Report: Lab Reports
Formal Examination: Formal Examination
Written Assignment: Assignments
Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Term
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Term